Pershing Gold (NASDAQ: PGLC) is one of 74 publicly-traded companies in the “Gold Mining” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its peers? We will compare Pershing Gold to related companies based on the strength of its analyst recommendations, dividends, valuation, institutional ownership, risk, profitability and earnings.

Profitability

This table compares Pershing Gold and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Pershing Gold N/A -37.33% -35.50%
Pershing Gold Competitors -2,700.88% -9.22% -4.37%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Pershing Gold and its peers top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
Pershing Gold N/A -$15.63 million -5.00
Pershing Gold Competitors $2.41 billion -$32.21 million 89.24

Pershing Gold’s peers have higher revenue, but lower earnings than Pershing Gold. Pershing Gold is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Volatility and Risk

Pershing Gold has a beta of 0.87, suggesting that its stock price is 13% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Pershing Gold’s peers have a beta of -0.21, suggesting that their average stock price is 121% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations for Pershing Gold and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Pershing Gold 0 0 3 0 3.00
Pershing Gold Competitors 483 1836 2170 49 2.39

Pershing Gold currently has a consensus target price of $8.00, suggesting a potential upside of 175.86%. As a group, “Gold Mining” companies have a potential upside of 49.55%. Given Pershing Gold’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities analysts clearly believe Pershing Gold is more favorable than its peers.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

19.7% of Pershing Gold shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 44.1% of shares of all “Gold Mining” companies are owned by institutional investors. 39.8% of Pershing Gold shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 8.3% of shares of all “Gold Mining” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Pershing Gold beats its peers on 7 of the 12 factors compared.

Pershing Gold Company Profile

Pershing Gold Corporation is a gold and precious metals exploration company. The Company focuses on exploration, development and mining opportunities in Nevada. The Company is focused on exploration at its Relief Canyon properties in Pershing County in northwestern Nevada. The Company operates its business directly and also through its subsidiary, Gold Acquisition Corp. Gold Acquisition Corp. owns and is engaged in conducting exploration on the Relief Canyon Mine property in northwestern Nevada. The Company is engaged in conducting exploration on the Relief Canyon expansion properties. The Relief Canyon Mine includes approximately three open pit mines, heap leach pads consisting of approximately six cells, approximately two solution ponds and a cement block constructed adsorption desorption-recovery (ADR) solution processing circuit. The Pershing Pass property includes approximately 490 lode mining claims. The Company has not generated any revenues.

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